No matter how harmonious your relationship, the occasional fight with your significant other is unavoidable. Whether you’re bickering about mattress firmness or the fact you’re not saving enough, fight no more. These common couples’ issues can be solved by something as simple as going shopping.
1. The Bed
The Conflict: One person likes it firm, and one likes it soft.
The Solution: Next time you’re in the market for a mattress, consider a customizable one from companies like ReST Bed and Reverie, which allow you to adjust the firmness on each side of the bed. Some even offer sleep data and the ability to change the temperature.
2. No Closet Space
The Conflict: You can’t see your slacks for the suits. Or shoes. Or sweaters.
The Solution: Exchange your plastic hangers for extra-slim velour ones like those from Closet Complete or inventor Joy Mangano.
3. Too Much Stuff on the Floor
The Conflict: All those piles are turning into a sore spot, and your tiny home looks like a bomb site.
The Solution: Designated hooks for each item would help, but who has the time to install them? Instead of classic hooks, look for ones that can be installed tool-free like High & Mighty or Command.
The Conflict: You’ve found a new home and are ready to leave, but moving feels like a chore.
The Solution: A full-service moving company, like Moving.com or Mayflower, can manage every part of your move. You’ll pay a bit more, but having the peace of mind — and peace in your relationship — is worth it.
The Conflict: You love your old beat-up rug and massive collection of record albums. Your partner doesn’t.
The Solution: Rather than insist these items take up precious real estate, get some storage. Self-storage can feel like moving, but full-service firms like Sparefoot and Closetbox come to you, take an inventory of your stuff and cart it off to a secure facility.
6. The Lawn
The Conflict: No one wants to mow it.
The Solution: You’ve heard of the Roomba robot. Imagine the harmony an automated lawn mower could bring. Today, mowers from brands like Worx and Robomow can get the job done hands-free. They also do amazing things like return to their charging station for more juice.
7. Saving Money
The Conflict: You’re spending too much and saving too little.
The Solution: Cutting back on spending is a good first step, but if your budget has minimal wiggle room for socking money away, try using a service that rounds up your purchases like Acorns, Digit or Bank of America. They’re all a bit different, but once you set up the service, your debit card purchases will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and saved or invested on your behalf. (Be sure to track your finances by viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)